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Roger LaPlant honored
About 30 people gathered on October
27, 2007 at the Silver Stallion Restaurant in Des Plaines, IL to honor
Roger LaPlant. Roger, along with his wife Liz, were the first FMS
activists in Illinois They helped to found the FMS Foundation, were
the first contacts for the Foundation in Illinois and were the first people
that many FMS families talked to about their problem. He and Liz
spent endless hours doing that. Roger and Liz also organized the
first FMS conferences in Illinois and made contacts with the local media.
In 1993 they were among those who organized what was then known as the
Illinois FMS Society which later became the Illinois-Wisconsin FMS Society.
Liz bacame the Society's first President. Those present at the gathering
expressed their deep heart-felt appreciation for all of Roger's and Liz's
FMS in the media
Jury awards $862,000 in Hess case
On September 2, 1999 after five weeks of testimony,
the jury found Wisconsin psychiatrist Juan Fernandez, III negligent in
his treatment of Joan Hess. Katie Spanuello continues an account of the
trial which she began in the August 1999 Newsletter:
I was not in attendance for all of the last
week of the trial. I did, however, hear Carolyn Decker (a therapist who
treated J. Hess and settled out of court) describe her treatment of Joan.
At one point in her treatment she sent Joan Hess to a psychic. When attorney
Smoler questioned her we found out it was the same psychic Decker used!
The therapist, however, declined to use the word psychic and instead insisted
upon "intuitive". She would/could not give a definition.
Decker also claimed she had not used repressed memory
therapy and that she had used self esteem therapy. As I listened to her
testimony it became clear to me that therapists haven't stopped using recovered
memory therapy (RMT); they are just calling it by another name.
They no longer find many M.P.D.s (multiple personality
disorder), but a lot of people are suffering from Dissociate Identity Disorder.
Recovered memory therapy (RMT) is out so they use self esteem therapy with
guided imagery to "recover " memories.
The trial went to the jury Monday afternoon.(August
30) Tuesday and Wednesday were very long days. On Thursday afternoon the
jury reached a verdict. Dr. Juan Fernandez III was found negligent in his
treatment of Joan Hess. The jury awarded J. Hess and family $862,000.
I cried with joy that finally someone (the jury)
could see and call to account what horrific damage so many in the mental
health field have been doing. I was disappointed in the size of the award.
The cost of defending a case like this is so high. The insurance companies
seem to have unlimited funds and private law firms do not.
The insurance company has not yet decided if they
will appeal. As of now no dollars have been distributed. I'll keep you
It is interesting to me that in a quiet state like
Wisconsin we have seen so much RMT legal action. Let me remind you:
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1997 - Naden Cool was awarded a 2.4 million dollar settlement in Appleton
against Dr. K. Olson. This story was on "60 Minutes."
1999 -Supreme Court Ruling in the Sawyer case allowed 3rd party lawsuits
in RMT cases This will affect the entire country.
Black River Falls - Three students who had been treated with repressed
memory therapy by therapist Karen Burgoyne received a $650,000 settlement.
One student's father was part of the lawsuit settlement.